NJ man pleads not guilty to federal charges in GoFundMe scam

Mark Abrams
January 16, 2020 - 6:43 pm
Mark D'Amico

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A New Jersey man connected to a 2017 GoFundMe hoax, which raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to federal charges.

Mark D'Amico, 40, entered his plea in Camden before District Judge Noel Hillman. He faces 16 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. 

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D'Amico could face steep fines and a long prison term if he's convicted. His attorney, Mark Davis, said they are prepared to fight the charges. 

“Mark D’Amico had no role in the alleged and the admitted wire fraud by Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt. We intend to prove that at trial. Even though we don’t have to prove anything, we believe the evidence will show that,” Davis said. 

Davis said the federal charges stem from a state case from Burlington County against D'Amico, his former girlfriend, Kate McClure, and the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt. 

All three have entered guilty pleas in the state case.

The couple is accused of making up a phony story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 to fill up her empty gas tank, then launching a GoFundMe campaign to help Bobbitt, a homeless veteran.

The money has since been returned to all the donors by the GoFundMe organization, but federal prosecutors said in court they might seek restitution from D'Amico.

Both McClure and Bobbitt have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the case and are expected to testify at D'Amico's trial.